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Florida Commerce Credit Union offers iLiveFIT!

Florida Commerce Credit Union (FCCU) wants to help you become Financially Independent Today. By enrolling in FCCU's iLiveFIT! program, you will receive a FREE confidential personal financial assessment. Once your fitness level has been determined, you will be provided with a comprehensive prescription plan specific to your needs. This program is absolutely free and as you obtain levels of financial fitness, you will be rewarded with points towards CDs, points off a loan, gift cards & other great prizes! ... More

Study Reveals Need for Greater Focus on Teacher Training

While 89 percent of K-12 teachers agree that students should either take a financial education course or pass a competency test for high school graduation, relatively few teachers believe they are adequately prepared to teach personal finance topics. But in order to advance life-skill learning, many teachers would welcome more learning opportunities in both financial education subjects and teaching methods.... More

$25 million in deposits during Youth Savings Week

Across the country, 348 credit unions across the country helped nearly 170,000 kids save almost $25 million in the 2010 National Youth Savings challenge. Among the more impressive statistics is the fact that 10,385 kids opened new accounts. This year’s results average out to $147 deposited per child. Last year’s $26+ million savings total averaged $190 deposited per child, up from $87 per child in the 2004 inaugural year.... More

More than $12 million available for VITA and elderly tax counseling grants

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced it will award nearly $12 million in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) grants. The VITA and TCE application deadline is July 9, 2010.... More

Financial Literacy Comic Strip

Just copy and paste into your newsletters and other marketing materials. More

NCUF picks Sebastian as new Executive Director

The National Credit Union Foundation named former GTE FCU CEO Bucky Sebastian as its new Executive Director.... More

Access to Archived Webinars offered by REAL Solutions and NCUF!

Below are details for accessing the previously recorded REAL Solutions Webinars. We are working on building a page on the Impact Center to house all this information, but thought Id pass it along now, so you can share with your peers, colleagues and credit unions. Also be sure to check the Impact Center for details on upcoming webinars, which I've also listed below for your reference.

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Matz Announces New NCUA Grants to Serve Low-Income Credit Union Members

New and enhanced programs this year allow low-income credit unions to compete for grants to provide financial education; offer student internships and create jobs at credit unions; and pursue community outreach. In addition, grants are now available for credit unions to develop plans in order to apply for secondary capital from the U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Capital Initiative.... More

Center for Financial Literacy at University of Northern Alabama

In an age when personal financial hardship and increasing debt burdens are all too commonplace, the University of North Alabama and Listerhill Credit Union are partnering to create the Center for Financial Literacy on the UNA campus.... More

Scout Branding in Birmingham has won a nationwide reputation

Birmingham-based America's First Federal Credit Union, created to serve steelworkers in the 1930s, took its rivalry with banks to a humorous level this year with a series of television commercials created by advertising veteran Paul Crawford.

Crawford, president and creative director of Scout Branding at 216 29th St. South, came up with a campaign for America's First that pokes fun at bank fees, which critics say are too high. The five 30-second spots, mostly filmed in Los Angeles using unknown actors, have aired several times on Alabama television stations where the credit union has a presence.... More